MEng Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
I did my industrial
placement with BP Oil Ltd, which not only improved the skills I was learning, but also enhanced my CV a great deal."

Sarah Alexander
MEng Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

AAA-AAB (or equivalent) including A-Level Chemistry and Maths

Our graduates have found lucrative graduate engineering/consultancy positions with companies including Procter and Gamble, BP, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BT. 

Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer.
Ranked Top 20 for Chemical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2017)
Internationally recognised for research
Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities

4 years full-time / 5 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: H804

Typical offer level
A Level:
BTEC National Diploma: Considered only along side A Level Chemistry and Maths (A-level Use of Mathematics is not accepted)
IB: 34 points (including minimum Grade 6 in Maths and Chemistry at Higher Level)

Specific subject requirements
A Level: Chemistry and Maths
GCSE: Maths Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted
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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2017/18)                            
£17,200 for Outside EU students (2017/18)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Information on visas for international students
The products in the world we use everyday require the skill of a chemical engineer.  You will be trained to ensure the safe and profitable production of the chemicals and materials required to create products such as clothing, food, medicine, transport and home entertainment systems.

Chemical engineers are very much at the forefront of working to improve the quality of our lives.  Chemical engineering is a challenging and fascinating profession with extensive career opportunities.  As a chemical engineer you will combine a detailed knowledge of chemistry with an understanding of engineering principles in order to design, construct and operate chemical process plants.

Subject guide & modules

The MEng in Chemical Engineering is designed to develop your engineering skills, in the context of a firm grounding in chemistry. To ensure this you share a common first year with chemists. In later years you go on to specialise at a more advanced level in the core engineering topics. The MEng builds on the BEng course, but is an extended, broader-based qualification requiring four years of academic study, as well as an optional industrial placement year. The course is enhanced by additional subjects including process synthesis, advanced management, bioenergy, and a major research project.

The MEng is a challenging and demanding course of study which will enable you to progress more readily after graduation to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, which will in turn enable you to aim for the highest levels in industry.

Years 1 

Core Modules
  • Chemical Engineering Mathematics (CE11EM)
  • Design and Build (CE1002)
  • Process and Product Design (CE1004)
  • Introduction to Transfer Processes (CE1009)
  • Health, Safety and the Environment (CE1007)
  • Physical Chemistry for Engineers (CE1103)
  • States of Matter (CH1105)
  • Chemistry for Engineers (CE1012)
  • Professional Skills for Chemical Engineers (CE1011)

Year 2

Core Modules
  • Process Design (CE2002)
  • Transfer Processes (CE2004)
  • Process Control and Instrumentation (CE2009)
  • Separation Processes (CE2103)
  • Process Simulation (CE2105)
  • Reaction Kinetics (CE2106)
  • Introduction to Particle Processing (CE2111)
  • Engineering Materials (ME2019)
  • Energy Supply (ME2042)

Optional Modules

  • Catalytic Process Technologies (CE2112)
  • Introduction to Business Management (SE1500)

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)


Year 3/4

Core Modules

  • Process Economics and Loss Prevention (CE3001)
  • Advanced Process Design (CE3003)
  • Sustainability Project (CE3012)
  • Particle Processing (CE3013)
  • Reaction Engineering (CE3102)
  • Process and Pollution Control (CE3104)
  • Advanced Seperation Processes (CE3105)
  • Advanced Transfer Processes (CE3106)
  • Process Computation (CE3021)

Optional Modules

  • Nanomaterials (CE3112)
  • Catalysis (CE3010)
  • Energy Effieciency (ME3023)
  • Advances in Biomaterials Science (CH3102)

Final Year 

Core Modules
  • Research Project (CE4011)
  • Advanced Reaction Engineering (CE4014)
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Processes (CE4020)
  • Advanced Process Simulation (CE4023)

Optional Modules
  • Project Management (EM4003)
  • Management of Change (EM4005)
  • Waste Management in the Nuclear Industry (CE4021)
  • Computational Dynamics for Chemical Engineering Design (CE4024)
  • Advanced Process Control (CE4029)
  • Advanced Particle Technologies (CE4028)

In your final year you will undertake a major research project and a sustainability project to gain your MEng status. Additional modules include Advanced Reaction Engineering, Energy and Chemicals from Biomass and a variety of advanced management and professional skills modules.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Our courses incorporate lectures, tutorials, plant visits and lab work. You will also be involved in project work; developing essential problem solving skills with specialist supervision from staff and industrial consultants. This hands-on experience will involve learning a wide range of techniques.

Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

Our excellent links with the chemical industry allow you to test and expand your knowledge, skills and understanding with a paid twelve month professional placement. It provides integrated industrial and professional training, often in a position of responsibility, in areas such as the design, development, commissioning or operation of a chemical plant. We will help arrange your placement for you or in conjunction with your sponsoring company.

Opportunities for you to visit companies, undertake commercial project work and compete for sponsorships and prizes are also provided.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Aston placement students also qualify for our £1,000 placement allowance for that year.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer. CEng status is an Internationally recognised and respected mark of competence and show commitment to the Chemical Engineering profession.

In addition to the traditional oil and chemical-based industries you will be well equipped to go into a wide range of careers including food production, pollution control, environmental protection, energy conservation, waste recovery and recycling, medical science, health and safety, alternative energy sources, resource conservation, research, management and consultancy.

Our graduates have a strong record of finding suitable positions, reflecting the fact that the UK is a major contributor to the global chemical industry. Our graduates have found lucrative graduate engineering/consultancy positions with companies including: Procter and Gamble, Stone and Webster, BP, ExxonMobil, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unilever, AMEC, British Energy, Kappa, Mowlem, BT, Corus and Pfizer.

Further information about careers and salaries for graduate Chemical Engineers can be found at:

During your studies you will be involved in individual and group project work. This is designed to develop individual skills as an engineer as well as communication, both written and verbal, organisational and leadership skills needed to work effectively after graduation. The course emphasises the commercial as well as industrial aspects of chemical engineering and you will take a number of management-related modules.

Our modern, purpose-designed labs and teaching facilities include excellent IT facilities and a well-equipped pilot plant area. Tailored computing courses and self-tuition packages ensure the development of IT and word processing skills required by the modern chemical engineer or chemist. All computer workstations are linked by the University Intranet and have Internet access.

Dr Sukhvinder Phull
Dr Eirini Theodosiou
Dr Andrew Sutherland
Prof Brian Tighe
Dr Paul Topham
Dr Qingchun Yuan
Dr Petra van Koningsbruggen
Dr Jiawei Wang
Dr Georgios Kyriakou
Dr Wei Li
Dr Jude Onwudili
Dr Rob Evans
Dr Xi Yu
Dr Katie Chong
Dr Daniel Nowakowski
Dr Marta Granollers-Mesa
Dr Zhentao Wu
Dr Zoran Visak
Dr Paul Tack
Dr Dave Walton
Dr Ignacio Melian-Cabrera
Prof Sahar Al-Malaika

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400

Interested? I'd love to hear from you

Dr Sukhvinder Phull, Programme Director

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